On Saturday, January 11th, Walnut Creek Little League's own softball coach Mandy Loushin began Day 1 of a two part "Beginning Pitcher" clinic at the Las Lomas High School Softball field. The early morning clinics for our 8-12 yr old players started with the basics of hand placement on the ball, progressed to practicing the snap of the ball out of the pitcher's hand, and ended with players practicing pitching with the arms in the "L-position" and "T-position". The clinic was very well attended with 28 players at the 8am clinic for player ages 8 & 9 and almost 20 players for the 9am clinic for ages 10+.
These young players are expected to keep practicing their newly learned basic skills over the next few weeks until they come back for Coach Mandy's Day 2 of the pitching clinic scheduled to take place on Friday, February 7th (time/location TBD). The follow-up clinic will have players demonstrate what they learned on Day 1 and begin progressing to footwork and delivery of the ball.
Pitching is very important skill in softball and makes the difference in the pace and enjoyment of the game as much as it is crucial to getting some wins for the team. Players who are willing to put the time and effort into practicing pitching definitely reap the rewards standing in the circle for their team. As the saying goes in softball: "If pitching was easy, everyone would do it!" So parents, please have your players keep practicing these basic skills until the Day 2 clinic where they will learn more.
We are very fortunate to have Coach Mandy's experience as both a pitching coach to young players and from her years in the circle herself. Mandy was a Division I starting softball pitcher for Iowa State Cyclones and was her team most winning pitcher in 1998 & 1999. Stay tuned for more possible opportunities to learn from Coach Mandy.
Thank you Coach Mandy Loushin for helping our local girls gain the skills they need to improve their game!
For more information and/or questions regarding softball, please contact Ken Cofflin